Book Discussion: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Monday, October 16th at 10:30 am
4501 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was a New York Times bestseller and was made into an HBO movie by Oprah Winfrey.
Arena Stage Weekday Matinee Senior Series:
Wednesday, September 27th at Noon
From the outrageous mind of playwright Karen Zacarias (Destiny of Desire) comes this hot new comedy about the clash of class and culture that pushes well-meaning DC neighbors over the edge in a backyard border dispute.
Tickets are $40. Please call or email the Georgetown Village Office for reservations.